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Sinn Féin day of action on homelessness tomorrow-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

21 August, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

Sinn Féin is set to take action across Dublin tomorrow, Saturday, to highlight the need to build social housing to resolve the current homelessness crisis.

Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s housing committee said:

“The current housing crisis in Dublin is a result of consecutive Government inaction on social housing. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael & Labour Party Government have all starved local authorities of essential funding needed to build council housing. No amount of spin or press statements will distract from the fact that this Government have failed, utterly, to tackle the homeless crisis in Dublin.

We now have twice as many people homeless in July this year than we did in June 2014. In July this year 770 adults with 1,185 children were homeless in Dublin while in June 2014 this number was 346 adults and 567 children. Dublin City Council were expected to spend €55m on homeless services this year. I expect that figure will be nearer €60m by December.

Sinn Féin has identified several sites across  where council houses can be built. Tomorrow's protests are to draw attention to the fact that all we need is the Government to release the funding and let building commence as soon as possible.”

Sites of protest include:

Dublin South Central- Noon, Cór Na Mona site, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot

Dublin Central- O' Devaney Gardens and Croke Villas

Dublin North West- Ballymun 

Fingal- Tyrellstown

Dublin West- Blanchardstown Council Offices

Dublin Bay North- Belcam and Mountain View in Darndale

For further comment call Cllr. Daithí Doolan 086 3888 152

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